Excuse me while my head explodes

Stinky Summary of recent events:

  1. Dr G and I bought a house!
  2. Upon collecting the keys we discovered it stank. In the literal sense.
  3. We’re frantically trying to de-stink before the move on December 9*
  4. Some bright spark said, “If we’re ripping up carpet, we may as well re-paint!”
  5. On Sunday I was most comprehensively defeated in a kickboxing tournament
  6. It was one part life-altering thrills, one part Dear Lord Sign Me Up For  A Lobotomy To Erase The Horror.

* ETA: We’ve yoinked all the carpets out now and the smell seems to have departed with them! They were old and manky anyway, so I’m glad to be rid of ’em! Glad but broke.

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31 thoughts on “Excuse me while my head explodes

  1. Whatever you do, don’t try to get rid of the pet pee smell with bleach. We tried that on our rental property and almost died from the fumes. Congrats on the new house and good luck getting the stink out.

  2. Thanks MB! 🙂 Taking out the carpets, washing down the walls with sugar soap & repainting seems to be doing the trick… touch wood.

  3. If you want to get the smell out of fabric, use a paste of bicarb and white vinegar scrubbed into the offending area – gets out ANY smell! A quick squirt of febreeze stops it smelling of vinegar afterwards too.

  4. I have heard from my realtor that if you put out huge bowls of coffee beans the beans will absorb all the odor then you just have to air out the house to get rid of the coffee smell.

    Congrats on the house!

  5. Shauna, if it’s urine, there’s a solution! Go to the pet store and you can buy a black light and turn off all the lights. The black light will pick up any urine stains. Then there is commercial urine stain remover that is made from something that eats bacteria that you can also get at a good pet store. (It’s not the urine that smells, it’s the bacteria it attracts). I would recommend doing this before you put down any new carpet or move in.

  6. I guess no one told you that’s what always happens. You get something new, and then change it a bit. Well, one change leads to another and then before you know it your house is in shambles because of one thing!! One time I decided to make curtains for the living room and before I knew it we were repainting and redecorating!!

  7. So, there’s this really excellent product in the states called Nature’s Miracle. Here’s the product homepage: link to naturemakesitwork.com I don’t know if they sell it elsewhere off the top of my head, but it works on pet urine stank, vomit stank, rotten chicken soup stank*… pretty much anything.

    (*When I was a kid, my mom spilled chicken soup all over the back of the car when she was trying to transport it somewhere, and the car reeked of rotting chicken soup. It was disgusting. But Nature’s Miracle worked on it.)

  8. Thanks guys. The smell seemed to depart once we yoinked all the carpets, which were old and manky anyway.

    I was wanting to get rid of them, just hadn’t budgeted on doing so for a year or two, mwhwhwa!

    I should edit the entry to say this! Writing in a hurry never works!

  9. Congrats on the house… Glad that ripping out the carpets is helping with the smell! Not fun at all.

    repainting a house gives it a fresh face – I hope the move goes ok!

    Hang in there!

  10. Glad it’s all coming together for you – nothing worse than a bad smell though so glad to hear that ripping up the carpets looks to have done the trick. Haven’t had time to listen to your podcast – but will!!! Take care Zxx

  11. Oooh, memories. We did the same thing about 2 years ago (bought a house and ooooooh did it stink). We repainted the entire thing in a month, with no time off work. Not fun, but it was nice to have the place spiffy before we moved in. Good luck!!!

  12. Hi Shauna,
    My first comment, you bought a house, very grown up. I have just put a deposit on a car that looks good in photos and sounds good but I have never seen (it’s refundable). Nervous fear. Yey for you, I hope my car doesn’t stink!
    So I have just ‘met’ you, read your book and have listened to one podcast (technical difficulties with the others, will try this one). and aren’t you a) funny b) inspiring c) a bloody ‘real life’ legend. Thanks for being an example to me and giving a 37 year old, rather too big (pushing 140kg) Aussie chick some hope.

  13. Oh I knew you were either pregnant or house hunting. Congratulations! Even though your budget may not agree, you really did yourselves a big service by painting and ripping up the carpets now. Four years later we’re still rocking the same old paint and carpet because something else always comes up. I thankful for this blog and your podcast!

  14. Oooooh-congrats on your house! That’s so exciting! Get used to being broke-we bought our house 3.5 years ago, and we haven’t stopped renovating and fixing. It’s great to have your own nest thought. 🙂

  15. Congrats on the house! That’s so EXCITING! I know exactly how exciting it is… I just bought a house yesterday too! 🙂

    Off to listen to your podcast…

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    @eemilla – i gotta ask, what made you think pregnant or house hunting?!

    i look forward to years of debt and toil, you guys make it sound soooo good 🙂

  17. You have been a busy bee! Humungous congratulations! I’m so pleased for you and the G.

    Do not forget, I am a dab hand with the old paint brush and would be happy to donate my skills (Napoleon Dynamite style).

    Lotsa love. x

  18. So glad to hear the smell is disappearing, Shauna! Start a house journal and take pictures of the reno’s – it’s fun to look back, reading and flipping through the pictures. It is a fun & sometimes frustrating journey. We look back on some of our pictures and can’t believe we lived in such an ugly (outside) house for so long. It was horrible! And we have neighbours that are older with neat and tidy homes. They never said it but I’m sure they wanted too.
    Hope you’re feeling better from your “but” kick? Will you do it again? There’s always a learning curve so next time probly won’t be so bad.
    Cheers from soggy Canada

  19. Listened to your latest with Miz-thanks for all the great tips! I will be tackling the holidays a little different(healthier) for sure this year! You girls nailed it for me in regards to the “family” stuff! Awesome!!

  20. Haaa fabulous Shauna!! You just wait, you two will be all cozied up on the couch one evening beside the lovely new painted walls and pondering what to change next! OH Kitchen? Bathroom? What about the wallpaper in the spare room 😉 Congrats on your new home!!

  21. Yay. Congratulations on the house (does this mean you managed to get your money out of Iceland?).

    FWIW I didn’t remove my carpets when I moved in figuring I’d do it a year or so later. Eight years on I finally changed most of them. And still have the one in the bedroom to do because moving furniture is a lot of hassle. So I totally regret not doing them before I moved in despite the cost! You’ve definitely done it the right way round.

  22. @Nikki – many thanks for listening!

    @Cal – oh dear, that must have been a right pain in the butt! i will have to show your comment to Dr G who is stil reeling from the cost of carpet and the house of painting I've bullied him into doing 😛 it'll be worth it in the end.

    (and yes we did end up getting the dosh back, hooray!)

  23. I second whoever said to take before, during and after pics, even if it’s just for your own personal consumption (and I’m sure the Mothership would love to see them, too).

    We bought a manky little townhouse five years ago, and since then, I have continually been looking around, imagining what I would do with limitless funds (hahahahahaha), and trying to figure out what we COULD do with what we had. We have done some significant renos, but there is still so much we could do. You will never stop thinking, “what next”? Doing the floors before moving in (despite the cost) is probably one of the smartest things you could have done. My mother (who loves a good bargain and is not a spender at ALL) has (surprisingly) told me that I should renovate the house now, so that we can enjoy it, rather than waiting until we absolutely can afford it, and then selling the place a year later. 🙂 Good luck moving, it will suck horribly but will all be worth it! 🙂 Hugs from Canada…and sorry that the knee is still dodgy–are you doing your exercises? 🙂